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Magazine mecca HYMAG archive is under threat – and needs your help

Home of the world’s biggest mag collection, the cultural institution is fighting to keep its doors open amid the coronavirus pandemic

Walking through the doors of London cultural archive HYMAG is like stepping into magazine mecca. 

With the largest collection of mags in the world, its shelves are piled high with landmark issues of pretty much every publication going – from iconic, now defunct titles including Blitz, Sleazenation, Spare Rib, and Ray-Gun, right through to Vogue, The Face, and… well, a little periodical you might know as Dazed & Confused.

In today’s edition of The Tories Are Failing Literally Fucking Everyone, however, comes news that the archive is currently under threat. Thanks in no small part to the government’s lack of funding for those in the arts and culture sector throughout the coronavirus pandemic, HYMAG could be forced to close its doors and sell off its entire archive after it received no financial help whatsoever. 

All is not lost, though. Like many institutions struggling to stay afloat in the shitshow that is 2020, it has now launched a Crowdfunder with the aim of preserving its vast catalogue of printed materials, which are not only a resource for creatives, academics, researchers, and students, but a vital documentation of cultural history as seen through countless different lenses. 

With HYMAG’s target set at £250,000, the money raised will go to the maintenance, conservation, and storage of over 150,000 magazines (casual), offering reduced and subsidised fees for students and those on low income, and launching its huge online platform, which is set to land in 2021. 

Head here for more information and to donate, and watch a short video about the HYMAG archive below.